NOAA photographers place in national contest

Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2006

Photographers from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries offices in Juneau made a strong showing in a national photographic contest marking the 200th Anniversary of the NOAA.

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NOAA photographers nationwide entered about 2,000 photos in the contest, and results were announced recently by Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, head of the agency.

David Csepp, a research biologist at the Alaska Fishery Science Center's Auke Bay Laboratories, took a second place for his photo of researchers with herring caught during an acoustic trawl survey in Lynn Canal near Juneau.

Aleria Jensen, marine mammal stranding coordinator for NOAA Fisheries' Alaska Region, took third for a photograph of volunteer veterinarians performing a necropsy on a stranded humpback whale calf.

Her photo shows Rachel Berngartt and Kate Savage, members of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network, with the calf on Baranof Island at Dead Man's Reach.

Two honorable mentions went to Mandy Lindeberg, a research fish biologist at the Auke Bay Laboratories, and one each to Csepp and to Linda Shaw, a habitat biologist at NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region.

Judges were Bert Fox of National Geographic Magazine; Leena Jayaswal, Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C.; and Rick Steele, an international photographer for United Press International, the Washington Post Company and other organizations.

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